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Sharon Dornfeld

New Pay Scale Restricts Fees For Many GALs

By Jay Stapleton |

In wake of heated debate during the last legislative session over the cost of guardian ad litem and related services, the Judicial Branch has created a sliding fee scale in an attempt to control how much low- and moderate-income parents pay for for GALs, attorneys for minor children and other court-appointed lawyers who take part in contested custody cases.

Ralph Crozier

Seymour Attorney Found Guilty of Money Laundering

By Isaac Avilucea |

Seymour attorney Ralph Crozier is facing a maximum of 40 years in prison and up to a $2 million fine after a jury found him guilty of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and attempt to launder monetary instruments for helping a former client "clean" $30,000 in drug proceeds in 2011.

Ralph Crozier

Money-Laundering Verdict Puts Lawyers on Notice About Clients' Finances

By Isaac Avilucea and Jay Stapleton |

In 2011, a dirty attorney agreed to take dirty money from a Waterbury area drug dealer and make it "legitimate" by investing it in a solar panel company.

Waterbury Company Wins Another IP Case Against DuPont

By Christian Nolan |

A federal jury in Connecticut awarded a Waterbury-based printing business $35.4 million in a hotly contested intellectual property battle that focused on printing words on product packaging.

Ex-Lawyer Charged with Cheating Store Owner, Former Colleague

By Christian Nolan |

A former Shelton attorney has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $175,000 from clients and other attorneys.

Day Pitney’s addition of four new associates in Connecticut is on par with other large firms in the state. From left, Stanley Twardy Jr.,  managing partner, along with new hires Andraya Pulaski, Kenton Atta-Krah, Sunita Paknikar and Tekhara Kimber.

Conn. Law Firms Hiring Up, With Transactional Attorneys in Demand

By Jay Stapleton |

The fall hiring season at Connecticut law firms has been notably brisk, with more fresh-out-of-law-school associates being added to a mix of lateral partners.

Cindy Robinson

Catholic Church Tries to Stave Off Priest Abuse Lawsuits

By Christian Nolan |

After what seemed like a never-ending series of child sexual abuse scandals involving the Roman Catholic Church, lawmakers both nationally and in Connecticut sought ways to protect victims' rights.

Attorney Sung-Ho Hwang

Attorney Arrested for Bringing Gun in Theater Files Lawsuit Against Cops

By Jay Stapleton and Isaac Avilucea |

Immigration attorney Sung-Ho Hwang made national news when he was arrested in 2012 after he brought a licensed, concealed handgun into a New Haven movie theater.

Former Shelton Attorney Arrested on Theft Charges

By Law Tribune Staff |

A former Shelton attorney has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $150,000 from clients and others who had dealings with his former law practice.

Metro-North Settles with Several Train Crash Victims

By Christian Nolan |

A Metro-North train crash in Bridgeport last year left more than 70 passengers injured and spawned dozens of lawsuits. A handful of those claims recently settled, with more out-of-court deals expected in the coming weeks and months.

Jury Continues to Weigh Attorney's Fate in Money-Laundering Trial

By Isaac Avilucea |

Seymour attorney Ralph Crozier, arrested last April in a federal money laundering case, is awaiting his fate after jurors were handed the case late Tuesday, following five days of witness testimony and instructions on the law from U.S. District Judge Janet Hall in New Haven.

Prosecutor Agrees to New Evidence Hearing In Cheshire Murder Case

By Associated Press |

A Connecticut prosecutor has determined that newly discovered phone recordings related to a 2007 home invasion that killed a mother and her two daughters warrant a court hearing in the appeal of one of two men sentenced to death for the murders.

Judge Scolds Insurer for Arson Allegations, Upholds Homeowner's $1.5 Million Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A Superior Court judge has added $76,000 to a recent $1.5 million jury verdict in the case of a man who sued his insurance company for failing to cover his losses after his home caught fire.


Norm Pattis: Rowland Verdict Does Nothing To Halt Electoral Fraud

By Norm Pattis |

Somehow, the prospect of John Rowland's returning to a federal prison does not make me all warm, fuzzy and grateful to be living in this, the best of all possible worlds.

EEOC Files Sex Harassment Suit Against Conn. Company

By Isaac Avilucea |

Three women who worked at a Connecticut clothing warehouse claim that they endured sexual overtures from a male superior and colleagues that made their workplace environment seem more like an out-of-control fraternity house, according to a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of clients of the New Haven Legal Assistance Association.

Norwalk Settles Mosque Lawsuit for $2 Million

By Law Tribune Staff and Wire Reports |

A long-running dispute between the city of Norwalk and an Islamic group appears to be settled, with the city agreeing to pay $2 million to the group and help it find an alternate location for a mosque and a meeting hall.

Attorney General Speculation Includes Two Lawyers with Conn. Ties

By Law Tribune Staff |

Two lawyers with Connecticut ties are being mentioned by Washington, D.C., insiders as possible replacements for outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: Campaign Law Problems Go Far Beyond Rowland

By Dan Krisch |

Don't get me wrong: I have no sympathy for our ex-con ex-gov.

Stamford-Based Radio Show Settles Federal Allegations for $146,000

By Christian Nolan |

A radio show host and his Stamford-based syndicated science radio show that airs on many National Public Radio stations have agreed to pay nearly $146,000 to settle civil claims that they misused money from a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Amy Lin Meyerson

Weston Solo Named Chair of Key ABA Committee

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Amy Lin Meyerson, a solo who focuses on business and general corporate law, says that many companies have been moving to hire smaller law firms with lower overhead—and fees—in the wake of the 2008 recession.

Exclusive Interview: New Haven Attorney Speaks Out About Theater Gun Arrest, Lawsuit


Sung-Ho Hwang, who is the immediate past president of the New Haven County Bar Association, said bringing a lawsuit against the city of New Haven and its police chief was "a really hard decision to make."

Mistakes by Lifeguard, Club Led to $12 Million Drowning Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A jury has awarded $12.3 million to the family of a 5-year-old girl who drowned in the indoor pool at Waterbury's Boys & Girls Club in 2008.

Frank McCoy

Despite Car Fire, Court Dismisses Product Liability Suit

By Christian Nolan |

Roland Todd White bought a shiny new 2007 Mazda3 sedan from a Plainfield dealership in the fall of 2006. The Mazda caught fire one morning on the highway.

Ridgefield Lawyer Charged with Stealing $1 Million from Clients

By Jay Stapleton |

A Ridgefield lawyer has been arrested for using client funds to pay for his own lavish lifestyle, including luxury cars, jewelry and an expensive Westchester County country club membership.

Thomas Mooney

Schools Hit with Rising Number of Bullying Lawsuits

By Isaac Avilucea |

Despite slim odds for success, a growing number of parents are pushing forward with lawsuits against school districts for damages stemming from their children's emotional or physical injuries in bullying cases.

Big-Money Verdicts, Settlements Detailed In Law Tribune Hall of Fame Issue

Welcome to the Hall of Fame. Although this one isn’t for sluggers, linebackers or point guards. Instead, the Connecticut Law Tribune is honoring some of the highest dollar – and highest profile – personal injury cases of the past three years.

Michelle Cruz: Former Victim Advocate Did Harm to the Office

By Michelle Cruz |

Recently, Garvin Ambrose left the post of Connecticut Victim Advocate after only 18 months in office to return to his hometown of Chicago.

Conn. Attorney Takes Stand to Deny DEA Claims


PI Hall of Fame, Rising Trial Lawyer: Sean McElligott Quickly Learned How to Win Big

By Christian Nolan |

About a decade ago, Sean McElligott was disappointed with life as a corporate defense lawyer to the point that he considered a career change.

Editorial: Addressing the Epidemic of Forgotten Baby Syndrome

There is a new phenomenon called "forgotten baby syndrome"—at least that's the medical explanation for how a parent can walk away from a car without realizing his child remains behind.

Wireless Internet Company Unhappy with $1 Verdict

By Isaac Avilucea |

A Westport-based wireless Internet company believed it was entitled to compensation after the owners of an RV park in St. Louis allegedly reneged on an agreement with the company.

Meriden City Attorney Fights Judicial Ouster

By Christian Nolan |

A lawyer who was appointed as corporation counsel in Meriden by the city council, but without the mayor's approval, is challenging a trial judge's opinion that removed him from office.

Prosecution Accuses Attorney Of Lying During Money-Laundering Trial


Seymour attorney Ralph Crozier took the stand for the second day in his federal money-laundering case and denied he had ever accepted $30,000 in drug proceeds from a former client during a 2011 meeting in his Seymour law office.

Sharon Dornfeld

Pay Scale Restricts Some GAL Fees

By Jay Stapleton |

In the wake of heated debate over the cost of guardian ad litem services, the Judicial Branch has created a sliding fee scale in an attempt to control how much low- and moderate-income parents pay for for GALs, attorneys for minor children and other court-appointed lawyers.

Chabad-Lubavitch Community Center

Second Circuit Restores Litchfield Synagogue's Lawsuit

By Jay Stapleton |

A lawsuit filed by a Litchfield Jewish organization has been reinstated, giving the group new hopes it will ultimately win approval to build a 20,000-square-foot synagogue and community center near the historic green.

Engineer's Lawsuit Latest Development in Metro-North Crash Litigation

By Christian Nolan |

An engineer who was injured in the May 2013 derailment of a commuter train in Bridgeport is the latest person to have filed a lawsuit against Metro-North Railroad.

Club Hit With $12.5 Million Verdict After Young Girl Drowns in Pool

By Law Tribune Staff |

A jury has awarded $12.3 million to the family of a young girl who drowned in the indoor pool at Waterbury's Boys and Girls Club in 2008.

Conn. Attorney Takes Stand to Deny DEA Claims

By Isaac Avilucea |

Seymour attorney Ralph Crozier testified at his federal money-laundering trial on Thursday in an attempt to counter Drug Enforcement Agency claims that he tried to "clean" $30,000 in drug proceeds for a former client.

Connecticut Ex-Governor Convicted of New Crimes


Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned from office a decade ago in a corruption scandal, was convicted Friday of federal charges that he conspired to hide payment for work on two congressional campaigns.

Court Rebuffs Attorney in Long-Running Fee Dispute

By Isaac Avilucea |

New Britain attorney Jacek Smigelski says he's entitled to more than $65,000 in fees for handling a client's probate case. Disciplinary officials have ruled that fee excessive.

Allison Near

Appellate Case Considers Use of Tattoos As Evidence

By Christian Nolan |

When Michael Place was on trial for a 2008 robbery, he wanted to make a point of showing jurors his tattoos.

New Leaders of the Law: Law Tribune Names its 2014 Winners

As we read the scores of applications for our annual New Leaders of the Law honors, we noticed the wide variety of legal practices represented.

Robert Dwyer

New Leaders of the Law: Attorneys Had Their Reasons for Taking Diverse Career Paths

By Jay Stapleton |

Two lawyers started at about the same place; they grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Yale in the first decade of the 21st century with political science degrees. From there, the paths of Robert Dwyer Jr. and Jeffrey Mueller diverged—and quite radically.

Firefighter Alleges Discrimination During Pregnancy

By Associated Press |

A Bridgeport firefighter says in a federal civil rights lawsuit that she was unfairly disciplined by a city fire department and forced to take unpaid leave because she was pregnant.

Hartford Firm Launches Business Accelerator Spin-Off

By Jay Stapleton |

With hopes of attracting legal work and a stake in start-up companies, a Hartford law firm has created its own business accelerator.